Welcome to Mooseport.

A former president of the United States and an owner of a small town hardware store are in competition for the job of Mayor and the same woman, in this Funny movie from 20th Century Fox.


The sleepy Maine community has all the accoutrements of idyllic small town life: a little park and gazebo, quaint architecture, a moose that wanders through the streets, and lots of friendly townsfolk, including the proprietor of the local hardware store, Handy Harrison (Ray Romano) and his veterinarian girlfriend Sally (Maura Tierney).


Mooseport also just happens to be the vacation home for the leader of the free world: Monroe "Eagle" Cole, the President of the United States (Gene Hackman).  Following two successful terms, the wildly popular President is ready to retire to his "Mooseport White House," publish his memoirs and embark on a series of lucrative speaking engagements.  "The Eagle Has Landed!" proclaim the Mooseport headlines when Cole arrives in the Maine town, along with his devoted executive secretary Grace Sutherland (Marcia Gay Harden) and young PR director Bullard (Fred Savage).


But Eagle's retirement is delayed when the folks of Mooseport convince the former President to run for Mayor.  At the same time, he sparks to Sally - unaware that she is Handy's girlfriend.  And Sally, frustrated by Handy's inattentiveness, doesn't resist Eagle's flirtations.

 


When a jealous Handy announces HIS candidacy for mayor, Eagle is dumbfounded.  "I'm running for mayor against the man who's installing my toilets!" he rails.  And in the heat of his toughest campaign to date, Eagle's first date with Sally receives the kind of media scrutiny usually reserved for a summit meeting.  ("Eagle Lays an Egg" say the pundits when she rejects his goodnight kiss.  Ouch!)  Handy, in turn, sees himself in a race for Mayor and boyfriend.


As the campaign kicks into high gear, things get even wilder in this once quiet town.  Eagle and Handy's closely-watched debate seems to hang on a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors, the former president's Secret Service agents suggest that he have Handy "eliminated," and Eagle's ex-wife (Christine Baranski) is campaigning for Handy.  Even Eagle's veteran campaign manager, Bert Langdon (Rip Torn), can't make sense of this "David and Goliath" battle. 
But one thing both the Handy and Eagle camps can agree on: Mooseport isn't small enough for both of them!

 

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